Consultation has started this week on provision of new school places in east Leeds.
Leeds City Council is proposing to permanently expand Micklefield Church of England Primary School to admit an additional 10 children into reception from September 2021, increasing the number of places from 20 to 30. As these places are filled and these children progress through the school, this would mean that eventually an additional 70 places would be available across all year groups.
New housing developments in Micklefield will attract more families into the area, and the proposal looks to make sure that parents can access school places local to them.
Community drop-in sessions will be running at the school on Monday 11 February from 8.40-9.20am and Wednesday 13 February from 5.30-7.30pm so that anyone who is interested in finding out more about the proposal can go along, ask questions and share their views. More information, including answers to frequently asked questions, is available online with the consultation survey.
Additionally, the White Rose Academies trustees working in partnership with Leeds City Council are proposing an expansion to Leeds East Academy. Recent population growth and planned future housing across the east of the city will increase the need for additional secondary places in the area over the next ten years.
The proposal is to permanently expand the Academy to increase the number of places from 180 to 300 from 2021, and the possible creation of up to 30 Special Educational Needs (SEN) places. This would result in an additional 600 secondary school places available across all year groups.
More information is available online in the consultation document, along with details of community drop-in sessions being held at the Academy.
Leeds City Council executive member for learning Councillor Jonathan Pryor said:
“We at the council have a duty to ensure there are enough learning places for every child and young person in Leeds, and want to give families choice and access to school places where they live.
“That’s why we are working with our partners at White Rose Academies Trust and Micklefield Church of England Primary School to respond to increasing demand caused by growth and new housing developments through providing good learning places for the growing number of families in these communities.
“I would encourage everyone within these communities to visit a drop-in session or go online to find out more and have their say.”
Both consultations run from Monday 28 January until Monday 4 March, and the surveys and supporting documents can be found at: www.leeds.gov.uk/schoolplaceconsultations